Studying in Israel helps you grow as a person and as a Jew. Learn more about yourself and the land of your heritage
Take a year in Israel to deepen your awareness about what you want out of life
Earn transferable college credits for the studying you do in Israel
-Jesse Meyerowitz, Thornhill, Ontario, student at Birchas HaTorah in the Old City of Jerusalem
*Scholarship applications are open to students affiliated with Oorah’s programs, Jewish public high school students and select Jewish Day School students
We don’t just give scholarships. Oorah will be your support system in Israel through your year(s) as a student in Israel. From ChillZone groups every week to placement for Shabbos and Yom Tov meals, we’ll be with you the whole way through.
You’ll join a great group of guys who get together once a week to learn hard and play hard, hitting the study hall and basketball court with equal energy.
Oh, and of course there’s always hot pizza too.Chillzone Locations
You’ll join a warm group of fun, like-minded young women who get together every week to study and have fun, eat good food and hang out, enjoy each other’s company, laugh and sing and become close friends.Chillzone Locations
Oorah offers a significant scholarship to eligible post-high school students heading to Israel for a year in yeshiva or seminary. We also offer a monthly stipend to help cover additional expenses throughout the year.Funding Options
Once a year, we throw a gala weekend event for all our students in Israel when Rabbi Chaim Mintz, Oorah’s beloved founder, leads a group of Oorah staff and volunteers on a trip to the Holy Land.
Held in a posh hotel, the ShabbaZone is a great opportunity to spend an uplifting Shabbos with the Oorah community in Israel.
If you’re approved for scholarship, you are required to attend Oorah’s DiscoverU the summers before and after the student's year in Israel. DiscoverU is the ultimate action-packed and meaningful summer experience for college-aged students (ages 18-22). · Beautiful scenery and resort amenities in TheZone upstate New York campus' · Boating, horseback riding, biking trails, competitive sports, and much more! · Ask the Rabbi sessions, workshops, lectures, and discussions on Jewish topics · 2½ week session, several sessions each summer Get the most out of your summer with DiscoverU!Apply for DiscoverU
You’ll never be left stranded without a host for Shabbat or the Chagim.
We’ll hook you up with one of our hospitable volunteer families for a meal or a place to stay whenever you need one.
A year in Israel does not have to come at the expense of college. Many colleges will allow you to defer enrollment for a year or even two, an option that is worth considering if you’ve already been accepted to a college you want to attend. Of course college is important for your professional future, but a year spent in Israel is an irreplaceable opportunity to gain a solid foundation for your personal development.
Many schools in Israel have programs which allow you to earn college credits for your yeshiva or seminary studies. Many universities will accept these college credits. Contact the yeshiva/seminary and college you are interested in attending to find out if this option is available.
The notion of leaving the comfort of your parents’ home for foreign territory may be daunting to you, and rightly so. But you will not be alone. Both Oorah and the yeshiva or seminary you choose will be there to help you figure things out and get you settled. We can also help you with finding meals for Shabbos and Yom Tov. Some schools will provide you with nearly all your needs while others give you more independence. But either way, you’ll find that the experience of taking charge of your life is an invaluable preparation for the “real life” that comes afterward.